IOA Golf Classic – Tuesday

October 6, 2015

I’m looping for amateur Ruixin “Rachel” Liu from the ANNIKA Academy.

Met my sixteen year old boss and her dad for an afternoon practice round. Finished in time for her to get home and take her online chemistry class.

We’re playing this event at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood. I was told earlier that it’s a bit of a dog track but Mike Whan is a member and could have been an influence on hosting the tournament.

Walked the course yesterday. The hounds must be kenneled elsewhere cause the course isn’t that bad.

As many Florida course wind through housing developments, this is no different. Plenty of room between holes which adds up to a hefty walk.

I hear T-Mac is in the house the next two weeks working for Candy Hanneman.

Took four months but I finally received my security deposit from my Biloxi landlord. In the three years I was there, I was late with the rent only once and that was only 24 hours cause my car wouldn’t start. I was immediately called to find out when the money would be in the bank. Guess I’m lucky to receive it at all.

On top of that, I had to leave my cable modem in their trust for return because Cable One’s office was closed on the day I departed. Took them two weeks to do the deed and I was charged another month. I just found out and was one day from getting my credit dinged.

I worked two days for The Golf Channel in July and just had a chance to review my check. They only paid me for one day. On the phone again to get that one straight.

Then there was this:

Ann Arbor to host LPGA event starting in 2016

Ottawa to host Canadian LPGA in 2017, and Brooke Henderson should be a seasoned vet

Kicking Back In The Sunshine State

October 1, 2015

Staying with the “Mayor of Deland” this week.

I walked the downtown Deland area yesterday and it’s truly a hidden gem of small town USA. Anchored by Stetson University to the north, the main drag is peppered with small shops and restaurants of every variety.

The Simmons Motel in Hershey PA was the focus on an episode of Hotel Impossible according to a Facebook post by Jay Rothenberger. For us seasoned veterans, Hershey was one of our a favorite tournaments and the Simmons was frequented by many players and caddies.

My planned employment for 2nd stage was short lived. Have to find another loop. I have a job for next week but not for The Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona.

Then there was this:

Haze Threatens Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Competitive Juniors: Signs of a Golf Burnout

Anthony Kim speaks: Golf only ‘a fond memory’ now

Murphy USA Shootout – Round Two

September 26, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

Had to WD.

Staying at the America’s Best Value Inn in Smackover AR. Last night we were wakened at midnight by a party on the floor below. Found out it was coming from the meeting room which the motel rented for the event. After complaining to the front desk twice, I was told the party-goers would be asked to lower the music but they had paid for the room and it was implied it was their right to do what they wished. My only alternative was to call the police. That did the trick.

Can’t believe the management would rent the room for a midnight party. What the hell were they thinking? I know, anything for a buck.

The only eatery near our motel is the Vallero gas station across the street. They have a hot entree section and I tried it for the first time yesterday. Best catfish, baked beans and slaw I ever et. Not exactly a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives find but pretty close.

Murphy USA Shootout – Round One

September 25, 2015

79 blows puts us way back in the pack but still in reach of the cut. I told you this wouldn’t be easy.

Leon was our cart driver and what a piece of work he was. On the very first hole he determined a ball that was lost in a lateral hazard was out of bounds and said the player should go back to the tee. On anther hole he was calling out the scores on the radio as we teed it up. But to his credit, Leon learned fast after being admonished. In a nice way of course.

Then there was this:

LPGA could be coming to Green Bay area

Why Caitlyn Jenner Is Ticked Off At LPGA Star Danielle Kang

Teresa Zamboni receives 2015 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

Murphy USA Shootout – Thursday

September 24, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

Played fifteen holes yesterday until we ran out of daylight. No one was allowed to tee it up until after 1:30 due to the pro-am. We were second to last.

The course has dried considerably and playing much shorter.

Today it was just a general practice.

El Dorado (pronounced with a long a) has quite a colorful history. It’s HQ for Murphy Oil and the Arkansas Oil and Gas Assn.

In 1921, a gusher came in and turned this burg into a lawless boomtown and environmental disaster area from unrestrained drilling. So much oil was discovered that many of the country’s millionaires resided here.

But eventually things turned around. The area was cleaned up and the Murphy Oil Company eventually established the El Dorado Promise.

El Dorado Promise:

Starting with the class of 2007, The El Dorado Promise is a unique scholarship program established and funded by Murphy Oil Corporation. The Promise provides graduates of El Dorado High School with a scholarship covering tuition and mandatory fees that can be used at any accredited two- or four-year public or private educational institution in the US. The maximum amount payable is up to the highest annual resident tuition at an Arkansas public university.

Before the boom, El Dorado had there version of the shootout at the OK Corral.

El Dorado plaque

Murphy USA Shootout – Tuesday

September 22, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

First off today and touched them all. Done before noon.

Arrived yesterday and walked the course. Liz flew in late and we played nine.

Some players have grumbled that the courses are too easy out here but they won’t this week. Mystic Creek is a gorgeous layout with extremely difficult greens. Plenty of different levels, false fronts and edges that funnel off to collection areas or water hazards.

It’s back to “the show” for Vicky Hurst. Congrats! A player with that much game does not belong on the Symetra Tour.

Didn’t see the Solheim no-gimme incident but it sounds like typical Pettersen.

On my way here I topped in Texarkana overnight. First time. Cheap room, cheap gas ($1.89) and finger lickin’ good Popeye’s chicken all within a few yards. A travel trifecta.

How about (ex-rookie bitch) Johnny Manziel? There’s hope for Browns fans after all.

Doug Wilbur has made an appearance. Working for Mindy Kim.

Garden City Classic – Round Two

September 19, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

My cut-making streak on the Symetra Tour has come to an end. Shot four over.

Getting out of Dodge (actually through Dodge) early in the morning. Next stop El Dorado Arkansas. Looping for Liz again.

Then there was this:

Tiger Woods has second back surgery, done for 2015

The story behind the golf scene in Johnny Depp’s new movie, “Black Mass”


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